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Looking back…

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In the next few weeks I’m taking a break.  In the meantime, I will be revisiting some of my favourite posts and hopefully yours as well.

I will be back to writing  fresh new posts again soon.

In the meantime I’m…

Dreaming of Spring 

Whenever I think of spring it reminds me of visiting the University town of Oxford in England.

Described as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ by poet Matthew Arnold, because of the amazing architecture of the university buildings. 

It’s an inspiring place; author Lewis Carroll wrote his famous novel Alice in Wonderland here in 1862.

The story is based on a girl called Alice who follows a white rabbit into a rabbit hole and arrives in wonderland.

During her adventure she goes to a mad tea party in chapter seven, or more popularly know as the Mad Hatters tea party.

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to fall down a rabbit hole and explore wonderland for yourself? Inspired by the tea party; I’ve written my own short story based on this idea.

Two Versions of an Amazing Dream by Nick 

A strong smell of tarmac rises from the ground. 

“Yes, that blue teapot tastes good, its made from blue chocolate!” 

From a car window a teacup is thrust out,

“Lovely tea dear, one sugar or two?” 

The ground is hazy, full of green, large, grass; it smells fresh.

Food spread over the grass; doughnuts with jam, pies covered in cream and a red jelly cake with a palm tree in the middle.

A recognisable face dressed as a orange bear eating pies. Cream all over his face. A clown face looks directly at her and disappears in clouds of cream. 

“Pies everywhere I go; I can see pies raining from the sky” Cream covers her, she can feel it on her nose.

Jane looks again at a large pillow. She is awake.

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As Jane walks along in the park a stranger rushes up to her and says

“Yes that blue china teapot tastes good, you have a similar one to mine, it was made of blue chocolate. All I can say is it tasted good, when can you bring me another to try?”

A car pulls up next to Jane, the window winds down and a passenger passes her a cup of tea.

 “Lovely tea, dear, one sugar or two?”

Jane’s vison blurs, she shuts her eyes, opens them, and notices in front of her a mass of green, huge blades of grass. 

She is laying on the grass now and in front of her is an amazing picnic. Doughnuts oozing with jam, pies covered in cream, and a red jelly cake in the middle decorated with a pineapple. 

Her friend’s face is visible. He seems to have turned into a giant orange bear and he is hungrily tucking into a pie, covering him in cream. Next to him an inflatable clown snatches the cream pie from his hands and hurls it into the air. The clown shouts 

“Pies, Pies everywhere I go, I can see pies raining from the sky” 

The cream lands all over everything. Jane notices a large blob of cream on the end of her nose. She tries to wipe it off with a tissue and finds she can’t.

Jane moves her head and looks down at a large pillow, she is lying in bed and has woken up. What a crazy dream, did I really dream that!

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Meditative Journey

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We’ve reached my fourth and last writing prompt of this series. It’s been a useful exercise and helped me focus on different subjects.  The highlight was Childhood Memories post by JC, of life during the London Blitz in WWII.

 For my last week, I hope to capture some of the peace I try to achieve with my daily meditation practice. I’ve always wanted to try writing poetry for meditation; with this in mind, I thought it would be an interesting twist for my final week using writing prompts.

My prompt this week is,

Shut your eyes and imagine your drifting along in a boat. Where are you going to? What places have you seen on your journey? 

I’ve always been interested in Meditation and Mindfulness and I try to practice daily. You could use my poem to aid your meditation practice with the use of imagery.

💦 Meditative Journey On Water 💦 

 

Drifting through the water

It feels light to touch

As my boat swims along

 

Fluffy tufts of wispy 

Brilliant white cloud 

Reflect in the cool water

 

Distorted shapes contort

Whilst my boat glides through

Forming striking aqua tones 

 

My adventure is surreal 

Just floating dreamily 

In watery surrounds 

 

Natures birdsong captures

The peace I seek 

With a light airy feel

 

Poem by Nick 

 

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Secrets inside a Deserted House

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Following on from last weeks launch of my writing prompt posts; I will make a start with the first prompt, which was;

A deserted house sits at the corner of the street. It’s been vacant for years, no one goes in, no one comes out. What’s the story? (approx 150 words)

Secrets inside a deserted house

Through a hole in the rickety fence, I see an overgrown mass of weeds. I clamber through them to a huge wooden door. As I approach I can see it’s open and inside a large oak table is covered in a thick layer of dust.

A creaky floorboard moves as I walk across it and I briefly glance at the floor. Below where I am stood, I notice a door partially hidden in the floor. It looks like someone was disturbed when they were shutting it, as it’s been left slightly open. 

I sit for a moment thinking about the house I’m in.  It’s been empty for years now; I’ve never seen anyone go in or out. If I go through the door, could I become one of the forgotten souls? Lifting the door carefully I look inside. It’s completely black. I climb into the darkness and I’m gone!… 

I hope you enjoyed my short story this week.

If you would like to join me over the next few weeks, your writing can be a short story, poem or descriptionin no more than 150 words in total.

I will publish each one in a themed post on my site over the next few weeks. (Subject to work being suitable for publication, is not offensive, abusive and does not contravene any laws in any way.)

I will also write something for each theme and hopefully there will be a number of writing styles to compare. 
Please send in work by the date listed with a written note giving me permission to publish your item on my site. I look forward to reading your work and letting others share your amazing stories.

So here are my writing prompts for a short story, poem or description. 

Week 2 

To be published on 11th June, please send in by 9th June

Think back to your childhood days and recall a memory of something that made a firm impression on you. 

Week 3 

To be published on 18th June, please send in by 16th June

Opening up a box of chocolates and selecting a favourite one. Describe why you selected it.

Week 4 

To be published on 25th June, please send in by 23rd June

Shut your eyes and imagine your drifting along in a boat. Where are you going to? What places have you seen on your journey?